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Q: My breast hurts and is red and hot

this morning I woke up and my breast hurt and once I looked at it, it was red, sowllen and hot under my nipple. The area seems to have gotten bigger..Should I be worried? I have no idea what this is...Thanks, CC

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PJ Hamel, Health Guide
8/ 8/09 9:37pm

Don't bother wasting your time worrying; call the doctor Monday, and go in. Your breast is probably infected, and that's not something you want to just let go; you need treatment. A rare form of breast cancer, inflammatory breast cancer, can sometimes present itself with symptoms such as you describe; but it's much more likely you have mastitis, or an infection of some kind. So make the call ASAP, OK? Good luck - PJH

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CC, Community Member
8/ 8/09 11:54pm

Thank you for getting back with me!  The redness has seemed to lighten some..  When I looked up info. on breast infections and mastitis, it sounds as if I have to be an  unheathly women or be nurseing, which I am neither..  My youngest child is 2yrs. old and I only breast feed him for 3 months or so..I feel I am pretty healthy.  I worry about cancer because my mom has had breast cancer two times.. She was in her late 50's the first time and 60's second and she is fine now!

 

If my breast is infected- how could this happen? What are some other infections?

 

Thank you!

CC

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PJ Hamel, Health Guide
8/ 9/09 6:27am

Hi - I've known healthy women, well past their child-bearing years, with mastitis. So sometimes it just happens. And I really don't know much about specific causes of breast infections; we're not medical personnel here, just women who've gone through breast cancer. You need to see a doctor to rule out inflammatory breast cancr, plain and simple. Especially with your family history. Once you see a doctor (and be sure to let him/her know about your mom's cancer), you'll find out exactly what's going on, and then go from there. So make the call tomorrow, OK? Worrying doesn't accomplish anything; action is what will make you feel better. PJH

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CC, Community Member
8/ 9/09 8:51am

Thank you so very much and I will call my obgyn in the morning!  The werid thing is all the redness and heat is gone..  You can kinda see were the redness was..Yesterday when it was really red and hot..I thought I should take a picture, but I didn't feel comfortable taking a picture of my breast.  With the redness gone do you think the infection is gone as well?

 You have given some very good advice and I thank you!

Have a blessed day!

CC

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PJ Hamel, Health Guide
8/ 9/09 9:54am

I think you should still call, and report what happened - what it looked like, and the duration. Ask to speak to a nurse, if you can't get the doctor. Maybe they can give you some advice about what to look for? Very weird indeed! But I'm glad it's gone... PJ

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CC, Community Member
8/ 9/09 2:16pm

Thank you so much!!  It has been so nice getting your advice!!

CC

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PJ Hamel, Health Guide
8/ 9/09 3:42pm

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SDR, Community Member
9/12/09 10:17pm

Were you able to get an answer about what it was?  I am curious because I have had this happen twice.  A few months back it happened just as you described and I saw my doctor.  He said everything was fine.  It happened again recently and they have sent me for more tests.  So I was curious as to your outcome.

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CC, Community Member
9/14/09 11:22am

I want to the Dr. and she told me that it most of been an infection that my body was able to fight off.  The Dr. also felt we didn't need to do any else, but she did say if it same back, she would like me to have it checked out further.  Like a mamgram. What tests are your Dr.s wanting you to have?  I hope you can find out some anserws!  Please let me know what you hear! CC

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sarah, Community Member
9/10/11 2:08pm

my breast are really hot most of the time and they feel heavy and they hurt all the time

 

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Michigoose, Community Member
9/10/11 3:53pm

Sarah, you need to make an appointment with your doctor and have this checked out....there are lots of things it could be but the only way you are going to find out what it is and what it isn't is to go in and be checked. 

 

Like PJ Hamel has said, we aren't doctors, just women who are helping women with breast issues...and even if we were doctors, I don't know of too many who are willing to make internet diagnosis and if they did, I wouldn't trust them.Smile

 

At the very least, you don't have to live your life uncomfortable.  Knowing options is always a good thing.

 

Lisa Quintana

Breast cancer survivor blog:  http://michigoose-longtermbcsurvivor.blogspot.com/

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sarah, Community Member
9/11/11 5:39pm

thankyou for your advise i will get it checked out and let you know the outcome regards sarah

 

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sarah, Community Member
9/12/11 4:57am

it is my left breast that hurts it has got larger over the last two weeks and the nipple feels different to the one on the right and it hurt when i push it to check it

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Phyllis Johnson, Health Guide
9/12/11 6:08am

Sarah, if only one breast is swollen and painful, the chances that you have either an infection or a type of cancer called inflammatory breast cancer are higher.  Please call a doctor and ask for the soonest possible appointment.  If you are running a fever, insist on being seen right away.  Your doctor's initial diagnosis may be that you have some sort of infection.  If an antibiotic does not relieve your symptoms, ask for a referral to a breast specialist for tests to rule out inflammatory breast cancer

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PJ Hamel, Health Guide
9/10/11 4:55pm

Sarah, Lisa is right; see a doctor. With both breasts showing the same symptoms, it's unlikely this would have anything to do with breast cancer; breast cancer symptoms usually only show up in one breast at a time. This is probably something hormonal, and it's likely the doctor can give you some medication to help. So, make an appointment and get this resolved, OK? Good luck - PJH

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